Apple wizardry

I’m sure I’m not the only reader who will have had this experience.
Yesterday I popped in to the Apple Store in Liverpool to buy a My Passport 1TB portable hard drive and USB 3.0 cable.
In the past, I have had my debit card swiped in the Apple machine and receipt emailed.
This time:
“do you have your iPhone with you?”
“do you have the App Store app?”
“OK – just open the app on your iPhone”
At which point my iPhone welcomes me to the Liverpool store and opens a QR code scanner.
I scan the purchase with my iPhone.
My iPhone asks for my Apple password and the security code on my debit card.
And the transaction is complete – receipt emailed.
I walk out of the store with an inane grin as the team member smiles benignly at me, rather like a visiting alien from an advanced race who has decided that Earthlings have a long way to go….
I wonder how many years before this technology appears in dental practice?


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.